Sunday, February 28, 2010

Leah Jackson

Leah Jackson is a ceramacist. Recent exhibitions in 2009 include Step out of Character Become Yourself, a collaborative work with Rob McHaffie at Darren Knight Gallery, Bottled at PAN Gallery (curated by Kim Brockett & Anita Cummins) and her first solo show Adytum at TCB art inc in Melbourne.

U Do Voodoo, 2010, ceramic, thread

For years I have been giving and receiving small tokens wrapped up with a promise of safety, love and fortune. For my birthday last year my partner gave me a necklace stating its wear would promote me to the status of ‘powerful woman’, but even as a teenager my friends and I would purchase small crystals from the local shop ‘Crystalised’, smoke them with incense, cleanse them with full-moonlight, then give them to the nearest and dearest with similar promises. Despite my common sense lifestyle of today, many of these sacred stones, embedded with a meaning higher than the objects themselves, are still with me.

These ten pieces for
Insert Coin Here lay somewhere between ancient ritualistic charms, and a Westfield shopping center – a modern day voodoo to assist in coping with the false promises and the busy metropolitan world around us. Gone are the earthy tones of old magic past, we now require a shallow, saccharine palette to connect with our flat screen CMYK vision. Let these simple physical objects be elevated to a paranormal realm by believing in their ability to quick fix a personal fragility, to fill a void, to improve and enhance oneself.

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Insert Coin Here

is a group exhibition curated by Nella Themelios & Kim Brockett. The exhibition is part of the 2010 L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival cultural program.

Insert Coin Here
comprises of two vending machines strategically placed in public spaces around the Melbourne CBD. Containing limited edition 'fashion objects' produced by over 60 Melbourne-based artists, the vending machines are activated when a member of the public inserts a $2 coin. The exhibition explores alternative interfaces of exchange for fashion, the mechanised system as a form of 'fashion dialogue'. More broadly, it thinks through discourses around public space and the role that fashion might play in it.

1 - 31 March 2010

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